Edgar Wright Just Wrote A Steampunk Movie Sequel To Oliver Twist

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Cornetto trilogy director Edgar Wright is the latest person to turn in a draft of Dodge and Twist, a movie sequel to Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, set in 19th century, Victorian steampunk England (based somewhat upon the "more serious" novel by former Doctor Who comic writer Tony Lee).


According to Film Divider, it's a project that Sony has been kicking around for a while — the first draft was by the creator of NBC's awesome/insane Dracula series, Cole Haddon, and went through another rewrite before Wright turned his entirely new version. Supposedly Wright does not plan to direct it (his plate is pretty full with Baby Driver and Grasshopper Jungle), so that's a big question mark for the project. THR describes the movie as such:

Taking a page out of the recent Robert Downey Jr.-starring Sherlock Holmes movies, Twist takes pickpocketing rivals Oliver Twist and Artful Dodger and re-imagines them 20 years down the road. The two are on opposite sides of the law and get embroiled in an affair to steal the Crown Jewels.


Uh, other than being set in 19th century England, I have no idea what this means. RDJ's Holmes movies weren't steampunk, were they? And they certainly weren't sequels of any sort to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. Also, they were pretty terrible. Also also, how the fuck do you take a page out of a movie?

Whatever. As long as there's an orphanage with some kind of gear-laden, steampunk gruel-dispensing machine in it, I'm in too.

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